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FT: Toronto FC 0-1 NY Red Bulls — Soft early goal dooms TFC

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The Reds continue to struggle.

MLS: New York Red Bulls at Toronto FC Gerry Angus-USA TODAY Sports

The referee calls for full time as Toronto FC drop even more points at home in this sweltering Canada Day contest, losing 1-0 to the New York Red Bulls. Perhaps it wasn’t their most dire performance of the season, considering that the defence actually wasn’t too bad for the most part, and they did have a few decent looks at goal, but it was ultimately still a very frustrating match.

The early goal was a very disappointing one to give up, and it’s tough to see Sebastian Giovinco miss from the penalty spot yet again. The only word to describe this team at the moment has to be dejected, as nothing seems to be going right for them this year.

The Reds are back at it on Wednesday when they travel to Minnesota. Maybe some time together on a lengthy road trip is what this team needs to get their heads back in the right place.

80’ — Ryan Telfer and Jay Chapman will come in to try and provide some attacking help. Eriq Zavaleta and Marky Delgado step out for the last 10.

79’ — Ah. Giovinco steps up the take the penalty, and it’s saved by Robles. Not really a terrible penalty, but still a bad look for Seba to miss another one.

76’ — VAR! VAR! VAR! The referee goes to look at the replay as it appeared Tim Parker pushed a ball away with his hand in the box. Pretty clear one, frankly — didn’t take long to make a decision. Marc Rzatkowski also gets a yellow card for following the ref to the VAR screen.

60’ — Another great chance for Oso as Hasler does well to get it to him at the top of the box, but the Canadian mishits the ball and it goes straight into Robles.

56’ — Giovinco plays an incredible ball through the middle to Jonathan Osorio, but Robles cuts it down well and Oso runs out of space to do anything with it. TFC have had a few chances in this half so far.

47’ — Jordan Hamilton gets in all alone on keeper Luis Robles, but his attempt to chip the ball over goes straight into the goalie.

HT — Far from ideal for TFC to start this critical game. They surrender a soft goal in the fifth minute, then proceed to play hoof-ball with midfield far to clogged up to get anything going. Something desperately needs to change if they’re going to get anything out of this game.

34’ — More freakin’ injuries, as Jason Hernandez goes down. Ashtone Morgan comes in, and it looks like Justin Morrow will tuck inside to the back three.

28’ — Eriq Zavaleta picks up a yellow card for... something. I don’t know. It’s hard to keep up with all the details of this game because of how little is going on. TFC will need to find a better strategy than long balls over the top, because it hasn’t been working so far.

17’ — Sebastian Giovinco got himself through the NYRB backline and had a clear look at goal, but the angle wasn’t great and his shot missed out to the right.

5’ Toronto FC 0-1 New York Red Bulls — Yep, already. Kemar Lawrence takes a low shot from distance that finds its way through the crowd and bounces off Alex Bono’s hands into the net. A rare mistake from the TFC keeper, but a very costly one as the Reds go down early.

Finally looks like we’re ready to go. TFC kick off toward the north end for the first half!

Lineups below! Toronto FC go back to the 3-5-2, with a lot of major names out today.

Also, kickoff has been pushed back to 5:05 p.m., as FOX waits for the Croatia-Denmark game to finish.

It’s been a while since Toronto FC’s last appearance at BMO Field, but nobody has forgotten their rollercoaster of a 4-4 draw with D.C. United on June 13. Now, a week after they returned from the World Cup break by losing 2-1 away to New York City FC, the Reds are back home for a Canada Day clash with the New York Red Bulls.

Last time we saw the Red Bulls, it was when TFC dispensed with them in the Eastern Conference semi-finals last fall. That second leg at BMO was certainly a night to remember, with Jozy Altidore and Sacha Klejstan both seeing red cards for their halftime altercation in the tunnel. It was a very nervous evening for the side that went on to win the MLS Cup, especially after Bradley Wright-Phillips put his side up a goal, needing just one more to eliminate Toronto.

Circumstances are a little different this time around. The Red Bulls sit third in MLS’s Eastern Conference with 29 points, although they’re 3-4-1 away from home so far. As usual, Wright-Phillips has led the way offensively, with 11 goals already this year. That said, if the striker can be shut down, NYRB may have trouble finding other outlets for scoring. Daniel Royer (with four) is the only other player with more than three goals, and he’s suspended today.

New addition Alejandro Romero has brought a lot to the table for New York, though, with three goals and six assists in 2018. He’s a talented player with the ball at his feet, with good vision for picking out the right passes.

TFC could really do with a win to start lifting some spirits about now. As the playoff picture continues to slip away from them, they need to pick up some points ASAP. Unfortunately, they still can’t shake the injury bug, with both Auro and Victor Vazquez apparently doubtful for today’s match – two huge losses for the Reds.

Anyway, the Reds could do with a win here. It’s a tough matchup against a strong opponent, who have won two games on the trot (something TFC haven’t done in 2018). Here’s hoping they can get themselves up for it.

This game is, smartly, scheduled for 4:30, by which time the Croatia-Denmark game should be finished. Might be a nice reason to hang out in Liberty Village before the match, eh?

How about some CanCon for Canada Day?

Team news: injuries & suspensions

Toronto FC: Jozy Altidore, Drew Moor, Chris Mavinga, and Ashtone Morgan seem to be the players we can definitively count out. Victor Vazquez and Auro have both missed training sessions this week, though, so they’re both questionable at best as well.

New York Red Bulls: Defender Kyle Duncan and midfielder Vincent Bezecourt are both out with long-term knee ligament injuries. Backup goalkeeper Ryan Meara is apparently doubtful as well.

The biggest loss for RBNY this weekend is Daniel Royer, who’s suspended after being sent off against FC Dallas.

How to watch

Match date/time: Sunday, July 1, 4:30 p.m.
TV channel: TSN 1/3/4/5
Live stream: TSN GO, ESPN+
Radio: TSN 1050 (Toronto)


Toronto FC:

Bench: Irwin, Aketxe, Morgan, Chapman, Fraser, Telfer, Ricketts

New York Red Bulls: